Client Post: The True Cost of a DUI from www.adrianasinsurance.com
Have you ever been charged with a DUI violation? The financial consequences of this can be much more dire than you would think.DUI convictions are known to be pretty expensive. Driving under the influence is not only illegal, but dangerous to everyone around you. The financial cost of a DUI varies depending on the circumstance and the state that you live in, but the consequences can go beyond a simple ticket fee.Fines or PenaltiesThe fine for a first time DUI conviction can range from $380-$1000, but there may also be additional penalty assessment fees that can be three times that number for the convicted driver.Towing/Storage FeeWhen you get pulled over for drunk driving, you will be arrested and your car will be towed and impounded. Towing and storage can set you back up to $680! The longer your car is in storage, the higher this number goes.Treatment ProgramFirst time DUI offenders in California are required to complete a 30-60 hour treatment program. These programs have been estimated to reach up to $626. Whether you’re required to fulfill 30 hours, 60 hours, or something in between depends on the severity of your conviction.Court CostsWith DUI’s come mandatory court appearances and paperwork. Your case can cost an average of $800 or more depending on how long it goes on for and the circumstances of your DUI.Attorney FeesWhen you go to court for you DUI, it’s recommended that you show up with legal representation. A DUI attorney is there to help protect you from excessive charges and consequences. They can mitigate legal ramifications and keep you out of jail, but it will cost you around $2,500.Driver’s License ReinstatementGetting pulled over for driving under the influence means a 4 month license suspension. Not only will you have to find other costly means of transportation, there is also a fee of $125 that you’ll be required to pay to get your license reinstated after the suspension period.Car Insurance IncreaseInsurance prices tend to skyrocket after being charged with a DUI violation because you immediately become a higher risk to them. This can be by far the highest DUI related cost because those convicted generally pay higher premiums for years. These increases can reach $2,700 or more.The next time you go out for drinks, be prepared. Have a designated sober driver to make sure that everyone is safe and you can avoid paying thousands of dollars for years to come. For more information or to get a quote on your insurance if you’ve been convicted of a DUI, give us a call at 1-800-639-7654.